Wow! A must read for all ages! Incredible historical knowledge of the Orphan Train from 1854 to 1929. A fictional story weaved within the history that...moreWow! A must read for all ages! Incredible historical knowledge of the Orphan Train from 1854 to 1929. A fictional story weaved within the history that presents itself as a classic in my opinion. Fascinating to see in the back of the book that the Orphan Train made a stop in Oakland, Iowa. I'm in the process of checking with our genealogy experts in Avoca/Oakland to see about doing a story for our papers. Fascinating and some what sad, as not all orphans were adopted for ideal purposes. Some were just work horses (the young men) and even the girls ( sewing or taking care of smaller children) indentured servants... Many were adopted to be accepted as children of barren couples. Author Christina's time spent chatting with six individuals in their 90's to 100's for the train ride and accurate information, must have been a thrill. The multiple facets of our time and history of how this country was made... in the beginnings of so many immigrants. Those who lost their parent's were put in orphanages and then on the trains to further change our cultural identities. I am sadden that many were given new names and not allowed to keep their only identity, but amazed that so many were able to trace back lineage and reconnect with family and others from the train. Loved this book! Loved that a cultural gap was drawn together. A 15 yr old girl as a foster kid and the 91 yr old orphan train survivor were learning that some good can come out of bad things and life can be changed and altered for the better. I will say it again.... History should be taught with feeling and not just about learning about dates and battles. (less)
Magic, supposed legends and a traveling library are just a few of the things one will happen upon in this title. What if tomorrow happened today in a...moreMagic, supposed legends and a traveling library are just a few of the things one will happen upon in this title. What if tomorrow happened today in a diary? What if you had the power to make tomorrow change? A young girl, Tamara, is finding out about life, her life, now that her father has committed suicide. Both mother and daughter will have a range of emotions to ferret out as they realize their whole world has been uprooted. Money and status stripped from them and the past rushing forward that will be the catalyst for change for the better. jealousy, the ugly green monster will again rear it's head as this coming of age story repeats itself, causing much grief for all sides. Can Tamara, her mother, her uncle and her aunt exist with the truth laid out bare? I do wish the traveling library had more to bring to the story, though I loved the diary and the knowing of tomorrow and that a secret that existed. Sister Ignatius was super and I would have enjoyed to read more of her wisdom as she guided Tamara through her dark moods and days.
“This story is one for which some people will have to suspend their belief. If it wasn't me and this wasn't happening to me, I would be one of those people. Many won't struggle to believe it, though, for their minds have been opened; unlocked by whatever kind of key causes people to believe. Those people are either born that way or, as babies, when their minds are like little buds, they are nurtured until their petals slowly open and prepare for the very nature of life to feed them. As the rain falls and the sun shines, they grow, grow, grow; minds so open, they go through life aware and accepting, seeing light where there is dark, seeing possibility in dead ends, tasting victory as others spit out failure, questioning when others accept. Just a little less jaded, a little less cynical. A little less likely to throw in the towel. Some peoples' minds open later in life, through tragedy or triumph. Either thing acting as the key to unlatch and lift the lid on that know-it-all box, to accept the unknown, to say goodbye to pragmatism and straight lines. But then there are those whose minds are merely a bouquet of stalks, which bud as they learn new information - a new bud for a new fact - but yet they never open, never flourish. They are the people of capital letters and full stops, but never of question marks and ellipses...” (less)
Indeed a book for all ages to enjoy and spread hope for those who are marked to be different. Defiantly a book to share with the young readers so they...moreIndeed a book for all ages to enjoy and spread hope for those who are marked to be different. Defiantly a book to share with the young readers so they understand what it feels like to be bullied. Bee is a girl with a diamond mark on her face and who has grown up in a carnival. Her parents were killed in an accident when she was four years old. Pauline has taken care of her ever since, the owner is waiting for Bee to grow up so she can be a show stopper with the diamond mark. Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Potter appear when Bee needs them most and somehow this small child finds herself in a home that looks like a gingerbread house covered in frosting... a place a girl, a dog and a pig can find a home and her place in life.(less)